Pentax K-5 II Hands-On Review

Pentax K5 II

I haven’t really used a K-mount camera that much since my old Ricoh KR-5 Super II that I used religiously a couple decades ago as my first SLR camera.  As a result, my exposure to Pentax gear is generally limited to what I see at trade shows.  Stepping aside . . . ain’t it a bit ironic that Ricoh now owns Pentax when it previously used Pentax’s K-mount to make K1000 clones like the KR-5 Super II?

Ricoh KR-5 Super II

With that nostalgia out of the way, I took a closer look at the new Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs at the Pentax booth at PhotoPlus 2012.  At first blush, I love the way the camera feels in the hand, along with a very intuitive control and menu scheme.   [Read more...]

Fuji XF1 Hands-On

Fuji XF1

The Fuji XF1 is the latest X-Series point and shoot camera.  It features a retro-style that’s as much of what defines the camera as technical features like the 12MP EXR CMOS sensor and f/1.8 lens.

The XF1 is certainly a pretty camera, and those specs put it near the top of point and shoot models around. The prints from the XF1 that I saw at PhotoPlus looked solid, which is promising for a camera as pretty as this one. [Read more...]

Think Tank Photo New Bags: Glass Limo, Retrospective 40 & Retrospective 50

Retrospective 50

Think Tank Photo is expanding the Retrospective line of should bags with Retrospective 40 and Retrospective 50.  The Retrospective 40 is designed for pro-size DSLRs with a pocket for most 13” laptops and the Retrospective 50 holds pro-size DSLRs with a pocket for 15.4” laptops.

Glass Limo

The Think Tank Photo Glass Limo is a slim profile backpack for carrying “Big Glass,” such as a 600mm f/4 without body attached or a pro-size body attached to a 500mm f/4.

Sony RX1 Hands-On

Sony RX1

While “hands-on” might be a bit of a stretch for this article, I wanted to pass along my thoughts from actually putting my hands on the Sony RX1 at PhotoPlus 2012 today – even though the camera didn’t have a battery in it because Sony didn’t want to show off the camera without final firmware.

That said, the RX1 is unbelievably small.  As I held it, I just kept thinking about how incredibly compact they managed to put together a full frame camera.  With cameras like the RX1 (and even other models like NEX or Canon’s new EOS M), there is no longer a need to sacrifice image quality for camera size. [Read more...]

Samsung Galaxy Camera Hands-On

Samsung Galaxy Camera

I had my first chance to go hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera at PhotoPlus 2012.  For those unfamiliar with the new camera, it is an Android-powered hybrid of a camera that is somewhere between a point and shoot camera and a smartphone. The Galaxy Camera runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and all of the camera functions are built-in the Android system. [Read more...]

Nikon 70-200mm f/4 VR Lens Coming Next Week?

The Nikon version of the famous 70-200mm f/4L IS from Canon is expected to arrive next week – just in time for PhotoPlus 2012.  Nikon Rumors received word that the lens will be the first to feature Nikon’s next-gen VR system.

Given that the Canon equivalent runs $1350 at retail, I’d say that would be a good starting point to look toward for the Nikon lens – possibly up to $1400 or $1500.

Stay tuned for all the news from PhotoPlus next week.